Everything to know about ‘Loki’ Season 2

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If there is one constant in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it is that Kevin Feige and the powers that be never let fans go too long without a visit from the devilishly charming God of Mischief. It’s been two years since Tom Hiddleston’s Loki first introduced fans to the possibility of the multiverse through variants, the Time Variance Authority and Jonathan Majors’ He Who Remains in “Loki” Season 1. Since then, we’ve seen Peter Parker (Tom Holland) recreate the famous multiple Spider-Man meme, Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) traverse the multiverse to defeat Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Majors portray a Kang variant known for conquering the Quantum Realm in “Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania.”

All of this is to say that it’s nearly time for our regularly scheduled visit from everyone’s favorite mischief maker. So ahead of “Loki” Season 2, here are five things you need to know about the show’s long-awaited return.

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1. It’s premiering in October 2023
We have lived so many lives since the 2012 version of Loki from “The Avengers” escaped with the Tesseract and landed himself in trouble with Mobius M. Mobius (Owen Wilson) of the Time Variance Authority. “Loki” was the third TV series set within the events of the MCU to debut on Disney+ after “WandaVision” and “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.” Since then, Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) saved Christmas, Moon Knight (Oscar Isaac) defeated Ethan Hawke, Ms. Marvel (Iman Vellani) brought a sense of youthful exuberance to superheroing, She-Hulk (Tatiana Maslany) had sex with Daredevil (Charlie Cox), and Rhodey (Don Cheadle) was revealed to be a Skrull (he’s fine now). This doesn’t even touch what has transpired on the big screen.

All of this to say, it’s difficult to comprehend just how much the MCU has changed since Loki fell in love with his own variant (Sophia Di Martino), who then killed He Who Remains and exposed the timeline, ensuring chaos and danger would reign in the process. And it’s equally hard to comprehend all the ways in which “Loki” Season 2 fits into the big wide world of the MCU now. After initially setting a Friday, Oct. 6 premiere date, Disney+ announced an earlier launch less than a month before the launch. The six-episode second season will now premiere on Thursday, Oct. 5 at 9/8c. All subsequent episodes will drop Thursdays at 9/8c.

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2. The cast (mostly) remains the same
As long as the sun rises in the morning, Tom Hiddleston will continue to play the mischievous Loki, but the rest of the main cast is returning for “Loki” Season 2 as well. That includes Wilson as Mobius, Di Martino as Sylvie and Majors as Kang variant Victor Timely, who was first seen in the “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” post-credits scene earlier this year. In March 2023, Majors was arrested on assault and harassment charges in New York. Executive producer Kevin Wright told Variety in October that no changes were made to the show as a result of that. “This is the first Marvel series to never have any additional photography. The story that is on screen is the story we set out to make,” he said. “We went out there with a very specific idea of what we wanted this to be, and we found a way to tell it in that production period. It’s very much what’s on screen on Disney+.”

Elsewhere, Gugu Mbatha-Raw returns as Ravonna Renslayer, Wunmi Mosaku is back as Hunter B-15, Eugene Cordero again portrays Casey/Hunter K-5E, and Tara Strong continues to lend her voice to the anthropomorphic clock Miss Minutes. But there are a few new faces joining the fray as well, most notably Oscar winner Ke Huy Quan, whose character O.B. works at the TVA in technology and repairs. Elsewhere, Rafael Casal, Kate Dickie and Liz Carr have joined the series as TVA members.

3. It’s a major part of the connective tissue of the Multiverse Saga
If Thanos (Josh Brolin) was the thread that connected the movies of the Infinity Saga, Kang and his many variants are what ultimately connects the films and TV shows of the Multiverse Saga. The character was memorably introduced in the Season 1 finale of “Loki” as He Who Remains, a charismatic and well-dressed variant who weaponized Alioth to end a multiversal war started by his other variants. He then created the TVA to maintain universal order and ensure the Sacred Timeline remained intact. But by killing He Who Remains as revenge for the TVA destroying her life, Sylvie opened a massive can of multiversal worms, and Loki returned to the TVA at the end of the season to find statues of Kang had replaced the Time Keepers and a version of Mobius who didn’t know him.

While it’s unclear whether the events of “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” are meant to take place before or after the events of “Loki” Season 1, we met another, much more formidable Kang variant in the film. This Kang had been exiled to the Quantum Realm by his own variants, as confirmed in the mid-credits scene, which featured a trio of variants (Immortus, Rama-Tut and a Centurion) discussing the Avengers’ growing interest in the multiverse. But it’s the end credits scene that ties the movie specifically to “Loki” Season 2. In it, Loki and Mobius attend a lecture on the nature of time by yet another variant, Victor Timely, who is an inventor in the early 1900s. While Mobius doesn’t yet understand why Victor and the variants are dangerous, Loki is desperately afraid of him and the danger he possesses. The scene is lifted directly from the new season, so it seems that all roads currently lead back to and away from “Loki,” which is probably exactly how Loki would like it.

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4. We finally have a trailer, and things look pretty dire for our heroes

In late July, Marvel released the official trailer for Season 2, offering fans their first real glimpse at what is to come. And, to be honest, it doesn’t look good. 

Hiddleston confirmed at Disney’s D23 Expo in September 2022 that the new episodes pick up where the first season ended, noting that “Loki is back at the TVA, he’s had a very difficult confrontation with Sylvie, and Mobius and Hunter B-15 don’t know who he is.” But now we know that it’s much, much more than his allies simply not knowing him. Loki is actually being pulled through time, even while in the TVA, where time-slippage is not supposed to be possible. Thanks to some ominous voiceover, we know that Loki has seen the past and present, and if what he has seen is true, “there is nothing that stands between this world and utter destruction.” This threat sets the God of Mischief and Mobius on a new path, with some really interesting destinations…

5. We’re going to McDonald’s (and beyond)
Photos taken during production last summer reveal that Loki visits Sylvie in an old-school version of McDonald’s. After a glimpse of this in the trailer alongside footage of a snazzily dressed Loki (or three) that was originally included in a Disney+ sizzle reel released late last year, McDonald’s itself served up some actual footage of Loki approaching Sylvie inside the iconic restaurant and her expression quickly changes when she sees him. If that’s not enough to whet your appetite, you can get your hands on Loki-inspired sweet and sour sauce at McDonald’s starting on Aug. 14.

“Loki” Season 2 will debut on Disney+ on Friday, Oct. 6.

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